A chest of drawers by Nicolas Petit from Grignon for sale online

16.1.23 – Heritage – Grignon Castle – Among the collateral damage of the sale of furniture from Château de Grignon (see article), in terms of history and the history of decorative arts, we can also regret the loss of the history of this furniture. Here we are facing a phenomenon not far from the consequences of uncontrolled archaeological excavations, which, if they sometimes make it possible to find objects of interest in terms of art, lead to the final ignorance of the context in which they were produced.

1. Nicolas Petit (1732-1791)


Photo of the place where the furniture is offered for sale

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So, thanks to an attentive reader of Tribune of Artwho alerted us, preferring to remain anonymous, we were able to find them for sale on an antiques website (it. 1), one of the dressers we had reproduced in our investigation. This, iphoto 19 of the article and of group 207 of sale, was presented as ” of style “. We showed (thanks to Julien Lacaze) that it was a ” Louis XVI dresser of very good quality which is not excluded to be stamped “. There is no doubt that it is the same piece of furniture.

We can see, in fact, despite the terrible quality of the photo published on the Domaines website, that it bears the same arch veins in the middle drawer and the same node in the top right drawer (we surrounded by a blue frame – it. 3 to 4). The domains website also stated: white marble top with pale edges and central projection as seen in figure 1.

2. Dresser sold by Estates from Château de Grignon.

We have circled the two details that are clearly visible on the dresser in illustration 1.

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3. The dresser in illustration 1 with, surrounded as in illustration 2, the areas where the grain of the wood is visible.

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4. Detail of the chest of drawers in the place where it is offered for sale: we see the knot in the wood in the same place as in illustration 2.

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From the period of Louis XVI (and no of style “), it was and very well made, it was too. As for the stamp, it is that of the cabinetmaker Nicolas Petit (it. 5), whose furniture is preserved for example in the Carnavalet Museum or the Calouste-Gulbenkian Museum (in Nicolas Petit, see this article).

Estimated by Estates at €30, it sold for €830 (plus 11% cost) in June 2022, before being resold in August 2022 to an antique dealer who restored it and now offers it for sale at €9200. Both the first buyer and the last antique dealer did their job perfectly, only the latter had no knowledge of the provenance and therefore could not indicate it in the description. Therefore, the origin of Grignon was lost.

5. Stamp of Nicolas Petit on furniture offered for sale by antiques dealer

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What Domains say atarticle i THE WORLD of January 11, 2023: There was a missadmits Alain Caumeil, head of DNID, not on all furniture, but only on Senna. The rest of the goods would not have been retained by Citizen Mobilier. therefore it is not correct. The other furniture may not have been kept by Citizen Mobilier, but it is unlikely that he would have agreed to this sale (and if he had, it would also have been a scandal). Because it is definitely less extraordinary furniture than Sené, but still extraordinary (Nicolas Petit is a good cabinetmaker) and that was also part of the original furniture of a historical monument. When one knows the catastrophic distribution of the furnishings of the great residences that we have repeatedly denounced here (see in particular this article), that the state is itself one of these skins, even if involuntarily out of incompetence, is all the more reprehensible.

Obviously, as we have already said, it is impossible to ask buyers and resellers of this furniture. For this commode of Nicolas Petit, the only reasonable and moral solution would be the Ministry of Agriculture. [1] assumes her responsibilities and buys the furniture to reinstall it in the Château de Grignon with protection in place received from the Ministry of Culture, which is no less responsible than he for this fiasco.

Unfortunately, it is clear that the state will remain inactive. Mobilier National, whom we interviewed, responded that ” favors to date the recovery of the living room set consisting of chairs, sofas, armchairs and consoles. Discussions with the holders of this furniture are still ongoing. [2] and so he would do nothing for the rest of the furniture.

Therefore, we are making an appeal to our readers: if a client could buy this piece of furniture and publicly offer it to the Ministry of Culture to assign the property to Grignon [3] – It is hard to see how the latter could refuse it, he would make a beautiful gesture, a symbolic gesture and would put the state in front of his incompetence. And such a donation would certainly be deductible, which would cost its generous author only the sum of around €3,200.

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